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Australian Sept barley exports fall, sorghum rises: ABS

Liz Wells, November 6, 2020

This Maximus barley crop in Victoria’s Mallee district is close to harvest. Photo: Matt Witney, Dodgshun Medlin

AUSTRALIA exported 197,183 tonnes of barley in September, down 19 per cent from 244,842t shipped in August, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The biggest-volume customer for Australian barley in September was Japan on 86,849t, followed by Thailand on 35,628t and China on 33,878t.

Vietnam and China were the only destinations for bulk malting cargoes exported in September, while Japan and Thailand were the volume buyers on food and feed barley respectively.

Big month for sorghum

China, on 23,560t, was the biggest buyer of the 48,403t of Australian sorghum shipped in September, up 85pc from the August total.

Kenya has made a surprise appearance as a bulk sorghum destination via a food-aid cargo which shipped from Central Queensland’s Gladstone Port.

September sorghum exports reflect the late and small Queensland sorghum crop which made September the feature month for bulk exports.

This compares with normal years when Queensland can be expected to be a volume exporter of sorghum from roughly May to August.

Stocks reporting ceases

Public reporting of stocks will cease this month as drought turns to surplus as Australia’s eastern states swing into a hectic export program not seen since 2016-17.

When drought pushed New South Wales and Queensland into grain deficit by late 2017, they became heavily reliant on wheat and barley supplies from South Australia and Western Australia, typically Australia’s two biggest cereal exporters.

As eastern Australian consumers sought assurance about domestic grain supplies, the dominant bulk handlers in both states – Viterra in SA and CBH Group in WA – started issuing public stock-on-hand reports earlier this year.

On barley in particular, it allowed consumers to manage their changeover from interstate to local feedgrain.

In a statement provided to Grain Central, Viterra said it would this month cease publishing the report on its website because Australia was no longer experiencing the same drought conditions as gripped the market earlier.

“Viterra released its stock-on-hand report on the Viterra website from March this year to help buyer and end-use customers manage their ongoing supply requirements during two consecutive years of drought conditions and potential pressure on supply chains.

“The report will continue to be published each month in Ezigrain and available to our grower, domestic and export customers who have stock in the Viterra system.”

CBH Group has confirmed it has also now ceased public stock reporting.

MALTING July August September Tonnes
China 44706 32200 33878 110784
Japan 33635 0 1008 34643
New Zealand 495 487 243 1225
Singapore 0 0 39 39
Taiwan 0 0 507 507
Thailand 724 1140 1276 3140
Vietnam 1010 23595 21404 46009
TOTAL 80570 57422 58355 196347

Table 1: Australian malting barley exports in July, August and September 2020. Source: ABS

FEED July August September Tonnes
Bahrain 44 0 44 88
Cambodia 22 0 0 22
China 51500 0 1438 52938
Hong Kong 0 24 0 24
Japan 0 117259 85841 203100
Macau 0 0 5 5
Malaysia 176 0 368 544
New Caledonia 505 401 400 1307
New Zealand 0 0 4630 4630
Papua New Guinea 45 0 0 45
Philippines 935 2878 2188 6001
Qatar 0 19869 0 19869
Singapore 0 3 3 5
South Kore 803 105 520 1427
Taiwan 1640 3800 2226 7666
Thailand 64499 31509 34352 130361
United Arab Emirates 1263 7184 804 9252
Vietnam 4446 4388 6009 14843
TOTAL 125877 187420 138828 452125

Table 2: Australian feed barley exports in July, August and September 2020. Source: ABS

SORGHUM July August September Tonnes
China 8160 21422 23560 53142
Japan 0 172 21 193
Kenya 0 0 22000 22000
Malaysia 0 24 0 24
Philippines 2459 3993 1379 7831
Taiwan 950 499 799 2248
Saudi Arabia 96 48 144 288
South Korea 0 0 500 500
TOTAL 11666 26158 48403 86226

Table 3: Australian sorghum exports in July, August and September 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

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  1. TED KURAUSKAS, January 31, 2021

    Good morning from Adelaide.

    I am enquiring re availability of any feed barley for export to the ME and seek:

    1) current exporters of feed barley , and
    2) current approx AUDs per tonnage

    Sincerely appreciate any information please

    Kindest regards

    Ted Kurauskas
    International Business Consultant
    Adelaide
    0402415729

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